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poor circumstances is now lower in the united states than in most of europe. that should shock us. because those are countries with aristocratic histories, very rigid class systems. yet now you have a greater chance of rising from poor circumstances than in the u.s. and what's so striking, the paradox, is that rubio and other republicans talk about upward mobility and the american dream. but they don't offer any ideas in today's circumstances for what we need to do on public policy to actually increase the odds that we can renew the american dream for the next generation. >> here's what's slightly depressing. you write after listening to president obama's proposals democrats are also, quote, unequal to today's challenges. tell me about that. >> there's no question president obama, the agenda he has from his first term and what he's proposing focus on college costs, k-12 education. it's better than what the republicans are offering because basically all they're doing is cutting taxes, cutting taxes mostly for the best off, despite what mitt romney was trying to allege on "meet the
'm alex witt. there you see the president of the united states. he's in melbourne, florida. we'll take you right now to listen to part of his speech. >> two fundamentally different paths for america. two very different visions for our future. and our fight is for that basic bargain that built the middle class in this country and the strongest economy the world's ever known. and it was basically a simple idea. the idea that here in america, hard work will pay off. that here in america, responsibility will be rewarded. that everybody gets a fair shot and everybody does their fair share and everybody plays by the same rules from wall street to main street to washington, d.c. and that -- that basic bargain is why i ran for president. because i saw too many jobs disappearing overseas. too many families struggling with the costs that keep ongoing up even though paychecks aren't going up. too many people racking up more and more debt just to make the mortgage or pay tuition or put gas in the car or food on the table. and when this house of cards collapsed in this great recession, we saw millions
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